Terry Mason's Family History Site

Major lines: Allen, Beck, Borden, Buck, Burden, Carpenter, Carper, Cobb, Cook, Cornell, Cowan, Daffron, Davis, Downing, Faubion, Fauntleroy, Fenter, Fishback, Foulks, Gray, Harris, Heimbach, Henn, Holland, Holtzclaw, Jackson, Jameson, Johnson, Jones, King, Lewis, Mason, Massengill, McAnnally, Moore, Morgan, Overstreet, Price, Peck, Rice, Richardson, Rogers, Samuel, Smith, Taylor, Thomas, Wade, Warren, Weeks, Webb, Wodell, Yeiser.


Selected Families and Individuals


Capt George Balser Hess

Commentary written in Columbus Dispatch Metro newspaper on May 16, 2006 by Mike Harden a Dispatch Metro columnist.

Cemetery to mark 200 years of history.
The resting place of Balser Hess carries a special distinction among the 70,000 graves in the vast necropolis of Union Cemetery. Although Hess, a soldier of the American Revolution, could not have known it when he died in 1806, his burial was the first in a cemetery now preparing to commemorate its bicentennial.

"The cemetery started out as the Hess burial ground," explained Paul Walker, general manager and secretary of Union. "As the Hess family told their neighbors about the burial site, it grew." As Union marks its 200th year, Hess’ grave is less familiar than those of more contemporary notables there, such as Wendy’s founder R. David Thomas and former Ohio State University football coach Woody Hayes. Visitors bring flowers to Thomas’ crypt and leave everything from footballs to Tostitos for Hayes. Hess’ grave, crowned by a small obelisk, gets no such attention, although Hayes and perhaps Thomas likely would have conceded that he was more a crucial player in the broad vista of this nation’s history than them.

Hess, born in 1747, was apprenticed to a cobbler in York, Pa., at age 12. When the Revolutionary War began, he signed on as a private in the army of Gen. George Washington. Records indicate that he took part in battles from Brandywine to Cowpens. A genealogy of the family, prepared more than 50 years ago, says Hess "was with Washington at the retreat and crossing of the Delaware River." Hess was taken prisoner by Hessians during the war and confined to an old sugar house in New York that had been pressed into service as a jail. After the war, he came to the Ohio country, settling first at Hopetown and then later in what is now north Columbus along the west bank of the Olentangy River. At 59, he died of what was described as "brain fever."

Though Hess was survived by nine children, and his clan grew and flourished, Union Cemetery’s Walker has not been able to locate any descendants of the Revolutionary War soldier to invite them to participate in the bicentennial. All the other pieces for the commemoration of Union’s bicentennial on Sunday, June 11, are in place.

The cemetery will offer free tours and an ice cream social to the public. Historical re-enactors will present interpretations of such things as an Irish wake and the duties of a Civil War physician. Columbus historian Ed Lentz will discuss an earlier era in the life of the cemetery and the surrounding areas. Jack Park, an authority on OSU sports, will share his thoughts on sports notables from the university buried at Union who, besides Hayes, include Chic Harley, Fred Taylor and Lynn St. John. Longtime Columbus folk artist Hank Arbaugh, along with the Ohio Village Singers and the Rhymetime barbershop quartet, will provide music.

"This place is a living, breathing history book," Walker said of the 128-acre cemetery. He hopes that, sometime before June 11, the most recent chapter in Union’s history will be connected to its first, by locating a member of the Hess family. He is asking anyone with information on the clan to contact the cemetery at 614-267-5471. More information on the commemoration is available at www.union-cemetery.com .

He can be reached at 614-461-5215 or by e - mail at mharden@dispatch.com

Elizabeth Margaret Mummer

  In the Orphans Court records (29) 1 Dec. 1747 Application of Jacob Mummer, Uncle of the
minor children of Jacob Cryder, deceased, prayed that guardians be appointed over said
children. Jacob Myer and Jacob Hosteter appointed guardians over Michael and Barbara
  4 June 1755 Michael Cryder an orphan and minor son of Jacob Cryder (being above the
age of fourteen Years) chuses John Miller his Father in Law) as Guardian in the room of
Michael Myer and Jacob Mummer formerly appointed.
Could this be a clue to Margaret, sister of Jacob. At that time father-in -law could also mean
  This would indicate that Margaret married first Jacob Cryder had Michael, born in or before
1741 (he was 14 in 1755) and a daughter Barbara. Jacob Cryder died before 1747 and
Margaret married John Miller before 1755 - If she married first at about age 20 she would
have been about 10 when they arrived, old enough in those days to have cared for her
baby brother Frederick.